Monday, 30 July 2007 20:57
Murder suspects 18-year-old Tabitha Messina and
19-year-old Carlos Christopher await extradition to their hometown of South
Euclid, just outside Cleveland, Ohio.
The two were found at the Parkview in
Avery County yesterday morning by Avery County first responders, who were
called to check on an unresponsive female. Newland Police assisted Avery County
Sheriff’s Office in the apprehension. Messina and Christopher have been charged
in the beating deaths of Messina’s father, Richard Messina, and his girlfriend,
Sandra Cover. According to family members, Tabitha Messina and her father had
been having disagreements over her lifestyle choices. Ohio police believe those
arguments led to murder. The victims were found in an upstairs bedroom in their
home on Sunday.